A story to read with your family in an hour.
A message to learn and live for a lifetime.
When Alice and Tommy welcome a Christmas tree, Emily, into their home, she seems like a perfectly ordinary tree. That is, until the sneezing starts. They soon discover there is far more to... read more
“My name is Alice. This is the story of our Christmas with Emily, a beautiful but perfectly normal tree. At least, that's what we thought — until the sneezing started.”
“You see, every tree dreams of being used for a special purpose. Because every tree is made for something great. Something wonderful. Each kind of tree has a way that it can bless the world.”
“The greatest sadness I can imagine would have been to go through life without ever getting to do what I was born to do.”
“But I think the truth is that he would have given up a million, billion years in heaven for just one person. For you, Tommy...or you, Alice.”
“One day, you'll be doing something to bless another person — acting in a play, singing a song, preparing a meal, fixing a broken bicycle, or even comforting someone who is hurt — and you'll feel something special. You'll feel your heart come alive. Doing that thing will make you want to smile, and you'll feel like God must be smiling too.”
“And secondly you have to pay attention to the person you're helping. Because when you've found your purpose and share it with another person, it will change them. They'll get a special look in their eyes. A look of joy, or peace, or hope. A look that says 'Thank You' without them needing to say a word.”
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